Every dog has its day and this year it’s the 23rd of June where companies up and down the country will be celebrating ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’. It’s a day where we honor our furry friends by welcoming them into our work places to celebrate the mutual adoration, love and support between owner and pet. The aim of the National Day is to raise money for charities dedicated to the welfare of dogs. This will be the fourth Bring Your Dog to Work Day so, if your company isn’t pet friendly here are a few reasons to consider bending the rules on the 23rd.
The Benefits for You
There are many benefits to bringing your dog to work. A number of scientific studies have found that keeping a dog in the office is an instant stress reliever, which encourages production of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As well as this, animals in the work place are excellent for team bonding, working as talking points that bring staff together.
The Benefits for Your Dog
Many dogs suffer daily separation anxiety, as they are left alone for long stretches of time whilst their owners are at work. This is because dogs are social animals that thrive on interaction, company and affection. Bringing your dog to work means that they would receive all of the attention they desire without the fees of doggy day care. Bringing your dog to work therefore means that your dog would have more time outside and within a different environment than if he were just sitting at home.
Talking from Experience
Hundreds of companies have jumped on board the pet at work policy, including Google. Google describes itself as a ‘dog company’ believing that dogs represent fundamental qualities such as loyalty, playfulness and tenacity. Those of which form part of the company ethos. At Amazon, their senior public relations manager is living proof of the bonding that can take place through bringing your dog to work, claiming that he has met over three-dozen people simply because of his dog. At the corporate headquarters of Nestlé in London, all 1000 employees can bring their dogs to work if they so wish. Other companies that share this policy include Etsy, Build-A-Bear workshop, Pets at Home and The Blue Cross.
The Big Day
To participate in Bring Your Dog to Work Day all you need to do is make a donation online or via text message. To make sure that the day is for you, you should ensure that nobody in the workplace has animal allergies. At Nestlé the company operates a ‘Pawthorise’ policy, which means that all dogs must first be assessed before being allowed into the office space.
In conclusion participating in Bring Your Dog to Work Day is great for the animal, office morale and productivity. The furry companions get all the attention their hearts desire, their loving owners have a little slice of home at work and petless staff get their fair share of puppy love.
“Holly Barry is currently working as a Digital PR Executive in Hertfordshire. A recent Journalism graduate from Brunel University in West London, Holly hasn’t always found herself in the digital capacity. Her first spell of work experience saw her time spent at her local vets for two weeks, assisting the Veterinary nurse and shadowing the Head Veterinary Surgeon. As a past time, Holly likes to visit her stables back at home; Guiness Park Farm, and walk her grandparents red and white setter – Rubie”.